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Setting up Lightroom on external HD on a new Mac

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Jan 15, 2020

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I've been using CC for around 18 months now and I'm very happy with it.

 

I've just bought a new Mac and CC has installed flawlessly. All my images are available and everything is working perfectly.

 

I have just one issue; On my old computer, I stored the full-res versions of my images (around 350gb worth) on an external HD. I'd like to keep using this drive but I dont know the correct way to set this up.

 

If I simply go to Preferences and point CC at the local drive will it just recogonise the previous files, or will it attempt to download and save my entire library?

 

Thanks (in advance) for your help.

 

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Setting up Lightroom on external HD on a new Mac

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I've been using CC for around 18 months now and I'm very happy with it.

 

I've just bought a new Mac and CC has installed flawlessly. All my images are available and everything is working perfectly.

 

I have just one issue; On my old computer, I stored the full-res versions of my images (around 350gb worth) on an external HD. I'd like to keep using this drive but I dont know the correct way to set this up.

 

If I simply go to Preferences and point CC at the local drive will it just recogonise the previous files, or will it attempt to download and save my entire library?

 

Thanks (in advance) for your help.

 

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Hi James,

You can go into Lightroom's Preferences > Local Storage and check the option to Store a copy of all originals at a specified location.

And change the storage lcoation for originals to your external drive.
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Sahil

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Thanks for taking the time to reply. Unfortunately this doesn't address my question.

 

I know how to tell CC where to save the originals as I have already done this.

 

What I would like to know is whether I have to re-download all 350gb again, or whether CC will recognise the drive and the current and only save new photos.

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Don't quite get what you're asking. However, if you just point Lightroom to the correct drive- your external drive then, that's all you have to do. Lightroom will use the existing folder you directed it to and continue using that folder.

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That's spot on! Thanks so much for taking the time to help me - really appreciate it.

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Glad to help.

 

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